Iâ€™m currently sitting in the Halifax Airport waiting for my connection flight back to Toronto, where I first began this journey. The past 9 days have flown by and after what seems like an extremely short visit, Iâ€™m already heading back to Ontario and very soon, my co-op job.
I have to say, the biggest thing I noticed was, well, nothing. Nothing really seemed to have changed. Sure some people grew and some people didnâ€™t (moi peut-etre?) but generally, the people I knew are still the people I knew. Sure, there were a few surprises here and there, like oh you know, a marriage and a pregnancy, but other than thatâ€¦ No, seriously, the close friends were all pretty much the same. Some traveled around the world, but aside from some new experiences, I donâ€™t think there was anything drastically different. Old habits were still there.
It felt as though I hadnâ€™t really been gone for a year. I definitely have a greater appreciation for Island courtesy however. Itâ€™s still a unique feeling to be able to walk down the street and say hello to everyone and anyone without getting a weird glance or two. Itâ€™s also pretty cool to be able to walk through downtown Charlottetown and bump into people I know left right and center. It really is a small and connected place. With that said, Iâ€™m not exactly looking forward to the Ontarian â€˜hospitalityâ€™. Weâ€™ll see though; Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll adjust quickly to avoided greeting random people lest I get dirty lookâ€¦
The past week and a bit was filled with lots of laughs and good memories. I also did a few things that Iâ€™ve never done through the whole of my life on PEI. Itâ€™s amazing what peer pressure can do to you eh? I sort of learned how to swim during my visit and got this messed up looking tan, which Iâ€™ll definitely have to even out by lying outside when I get back to Niagara Falls. It look quite atrocious right now.
Well, I definitely need to go use the bathroom before I board this plane to Toronto. Ahhh, Iâ€™ll be â€˜homeâ€™ soon, although I have to say, PEI still feels much more like the real home to me.